Planning for growth


As well as setting out our five pillars and how they underpin our long-term growth strategy in our previous consultation, we also described the key factors which will shape our plans, whilst recognising that some of these are outside of our direct control. We also acknowledge that over the period addressed by the Master Plan, there will continue to be significant technological, economic and social change, much of which will remain unknown for some time.   

That said, we believe it is important to introduce as much certainty into the Master Plan process as possible at the outset. That is why we’re setting out our latest thinking on the five most significant issues impacting the airport’s future: aviation, economic impact, Green Belt, sustainable growth and transportation.

To ensure we realise benefits for our passengers, communities and our stakeholder partners, we have developed a new Charter for Future Growth. We want our commitments to you to be clear and transparent, and we look forward to your views on this approach. 

Charter for Future Growth


We will: 

  • Work with existing and potential airline    partners to maximise the benefits of new aircraft    technology, both in terms of increased route   options and improved environmental performance

  • Seek to provide passengers with more routes and increased frequency of services for both business and leisure, to make Bristol Airport the natural first choice

  • Partner with airlines and tourism organisations to increase the number of visitors to the South West and Wales, providing a welcoming gateway to inbound passengers from across  the world. 

Economic impact

We will: 

  • Support the continued growth of the West of England as an aerospace centre of excellence, with a Master Plan and phased growth strategy that provides long-term support and opportunities for inward investment in aviation and specialist sectors

  • Engage with North Somerset Council, together with other agencies and the private sector, to identify and deliver land with the potential to support additional employment, including through an agglomeration of aerospace and advanced engineering firms.


We will: 

  • Publish a Sustainable Growth Strategy with objectives, targets and an action plan

  • Establish an airside low emissions zone

  • Complete a habitat and wildlife assessment by December 2019 to identify and implement measures to improve local biodiversity

  • Against a 2018 baseline, secure zero increase in total waste by 2025

  • Provide a renewed airspace infrastructure by 2027

  • Seek to achieve carbon neutral airport status by 2030.

Green Belt

We will: 

  • Seek, through the Master Plan and development plan process, to have all airport operational and related land released from the Green Belt designation on the basis of sound evidence and exceptional circumstances

  • Develop green infrastructure proposals in partnership with the local community and North Somerset Council, which, when implemented, would reinforce Green Belt principles and protect and enhance the environment.

Surface access

We will: 

  • Develop a new and ambitious long term Airport Surface Access Strategy, and consult upon it alongside our Draft Master Plan

  • Work with North Somerset Council on off-site parking issues and local road capacity, maintain our dialogue with the local community and local Parish Councils to identify specific parking and capacity issues, and put forward a package of local improvement measures with our planning application to 12 mppa

  • Facilitate further work with North Somerset and neighbouring Councils, the Combined Authority, Highways England and Network Rail with the aim of bringing forward funded and deliverable strategic road improvements and mass transit options for the benefit of the region

  • Target a long-term shift away from the use of private transport as the default means of access to and from the airport by the mid-2030s.

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